Ronnie Cummins

Ronnie Cummins

Ronnie Cummins is a veteran activist, author, and organizer. He is the International Director of the Organic Consumers Association and its Mexico affiliate, Via Organica.

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The coronavirus pandemic, like the climate crisis, is not an accident, nor an act of God. Both of these existential threats have arisen out of a U.S. and global food, farming, energy, resource extraction, economic, militaristic “national security” and trading system that is degenerative, unethical, inequitable and as we see now, self-destructive. Views
Friday, March 27, 2020
Planet Coronavirus: Survival, Resistance and Regeneration
“There are times in history when sudden events—natural disasters, economic collapses, pandemics, wars, famines—change everything. They change politics, they change economics and they change public opinion in drastic ways. Many social movement analysts call these “trigger events.” During a trigger...
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We must continue to highlight and criticize, with passion, facts and concrete examples, the bad actors, practices and policies that have brought us to the brink of a global crisis. (Photo: CinCool/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, March 02, 2020
Six Rules for Organizing a Grassroots Regeneration Revolution
Over the past five decades, as a food, natural health and environmental campaigner, anti-war organizer, human rights activist and journalist, I’ve had the inspiring and at times depressing opportunity to work and travel across much of the world. Perhaps the most important lesson I’ve learned...
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We, the global grassroots, can move forward and solve the climate crisis and all the other interrelated crises that plague us. Views
Wednesday, January 01, 2020
2020 Vision: A New Year’s Regeneration
Beyond the media smog, the 24/7 fixation on the Trump cesspool and the endless distractions of the holiday season, I probably don't have to remind you that the end of the modern era is at hand. As most of us realize, even as we repress this thought in order to maintain our sanity, we are fast...
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The time to act, to educate, to build stronger movements, to scale up our best practices, to gain political power, is now. (Photo: Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images) Views
Monday, December 16, 2019
'We Need Total System Change': A Letter from Santiago, Chile
Defying the machinations of discredited President Sebastian Pinera—who abruptly cancelled the Global Climate Summit in Santiago, Chile in reaction to the nationwide grassroots uprising that erupted here on October 18—an intrepid band of North and South American farmers, food activists and climate...
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Bernie will lead our country to enact the Green New Deal and bring the world together to defeat the existential threat of climate change. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Bernie Sanders' Green New Deal is a Game-Changer for Food and Farming
The scope of the challenge ahead of us shares similarities with the crisis faced by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1940s. Battling a world war on two fronts—both in the East and the West—the United States came together, and within three short years restructured the entire economy in...
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FREEPORT, ME - A sign explaining the transformation of the newly renamed Wolfes Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment. The farm is now heavily focused on Regenerative Agriculture. Views
Sunday, July 28, 2019
The 9% Lie: Industrial Food and Climate Change
The Climate Emergency is finally getting the attention of the media and the U.S. (and world) body politic, as well as a growing number of politicians, activists and even U.S. farmers. This great awakening has arrived just in time, given the record-breaking temperatures, violent weather, crop...
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Worldwide, industrial agriculture is pushing into grasslands, wetlands and forests, destroying what were previously carbon-sequestering forests and grasslands. Views
Monday, January 28, 2019
New Study Confirms: Degenerative Food & Farming System Poses Mortal Threat
A new study calling for a “radical rethink” of the relationship between policymakers and corporations reinforces what Organic Consumers Association and other public interest groups have been saying for years: Our triple global health crises of deteriorating public health, world hunger and global...
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The best practices and practitioners in alternative energy, infrastructure rebuilding and regenerative food and farming are already visible in or near our local communities. (Photo: Don Graham) Views
Monday, January 14, 2019
A Call for the Food Movement to Get Behind the Green New Deal
“The Green New Deal we are proposing will be similar in scale to the mobilization efforts seen in World War II or the Marshall Plan… Half measures will not work… The time for slow and incremental efforts has long past [sic].” - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, then-candidate for the U.S. House of...
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"The rise of authoritarian and fascist regimes, and the weakening of a common sense of purpose, cooperation and solidarity have brought us to a dangerous precipice." (Photo: Flickr/Dan Cook/cc) Views
Monday, February 05, 2018
Degeneration Nation 2018: The Darkest Hour
Welcome to Degeneration Nation 2018. The frightening truth is that our “profit-at-any-cost” economy and global empire, run by and for the one percent and multi-national corporations, aided and abetted by an out-of-control Congress and White House, is threatening our very survival. Our system of...
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"In the U.S. where industrial agriculture has dominated (and degenerated) for far too long, a growing number of farmers are reclaiming their independence by returning to their roots." (Photo: Public Domain) Views
Friday, January 05, 2018
Let's Make 2018 the Year We Rise Up and Regenerate!
“...the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.” – Wendell Berry, “The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays” It was a soil scientist who...
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